Deciding to build your own custom designed home is a big step in one’s life. Doing some research and laying the groundwork, before you actually start, is key to success. This is not a quick build and it’s over with in a weekend, no. This is a long term commitment that will take much determination to overcome obstacles, and challenges. There are so many decisions to be made, millions! By learning lessons from experts in other fields, you can translate that wisdom into creating your custom home. Having a clear plan of attack, before the first brick is laid, will save you a lot of hassle and money. Here are several areas you can think about while creating your custom home for your family.
Location, Location, Location
When taking marketing in college, the professor always says location three times in a row, because of the importance of location in business. The same is true with the location spot of your new custom home. You can build the perfect home, but if the location is off, then you messed up. Take into consideration the travel time to and from work, amenities, worship, and schools.
Not only travel time, but the actual location of your home on the property itself is important. Is the drainage good? Are their special attractions on your property to use in your design like a pond, an ancient oak tree, or a land slope. Incorporating the natural land design into your custom home design can only enhance the final outcome. Seek professional advice in this area.
Measure Twice, Cut Once
Every good seamstress knows that you measure twice, so you only have to cut once. Taking care to measure, to research thoroughly, will help prevent costly mistakes in the long run. Knowing your family needs, and listing them out will help you determine the overall design down to the little details.
Your children may love sports, so a storage space for all the outdoor equipment would be helpful. You may love music, so a sound room for recording may be wonderful to have. Your spouse may love to sew, so a sewing room would make a nice addition. Assign each space in your new custom home a title so that it will have a purpose, and you can know what is needed to complete that space.
More questions to ask yourself:
- Are the bedrooms placed in a noisy area of the home?
- Which direction do you want your home to face?
- What safety amenities do you want to naturally incorporate?
- Do you want the kitchen open to the living space, or separated off?
- Do you need special storage for linens, Christmas decorations, or a hobby?
- Do the doors, and hallways need to allow space for the handicapped?
- How much natural light do you want in your home?
- Does your home need to be pet friendly?
- What does your future hold, and do you need to leave space for future expansion?
French Faux Pas
When the French say something is a ‘faux pas’, that means there is a blunder in social ettiquette. There are countless examples of custom home design faux pas: a garage door facing the street so all the neighborhood sees your clutter, or a front door that opens to see the restroom across from it. Although the storage in the garage is needed, showing it to your guests is not. Although a guest restroom is needed, seeing into the restroom from the front door is not.
Be sure to think through your custom home design in your mind; picture it. Let it roll around in your thoughts as you go throughout the day. Seek professional advice on the layout of your custom home design.
Learning from experts in other fields can be applied to your custom home building project. Their wisdom and experience will help you make better choices, and avoid mishaps in this long term process. When you finish, your new home will be your haven of rest and a refuge from this world.